Obama given rapturous welcome in Canada's House of Commons

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Before a rapturous Canadian House of Commons on Wednesday, President Barack Obama grappled with the cascade of grim and chaotic news — with Orlando and Istanbul, Brexit and what he called an "increasingly strained" international order that is "riven by old divisions and fresh hatreds."

But Obama also used the speech — the first to be delivered in the Commons by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton in 1995 — to talk up the "extraordinary alliance" between Canada and the United States.

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama greets children as he arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) stands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after arriving on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as they depart a news conference along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a press conference during the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama take part in a news conference during the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
(L-R) Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands while posing for the family photo at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Against the backdrop of Parliament, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama join hands during a group photo at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Against the backdrop of Parliament, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) puts his hand on the shoulder of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a group photo at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama meet at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama meet at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama walk together at the National Gallery of Canada at the start of the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama walk together at the National Gallery of Canada at the start of the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he walks past an honor guard upon arrival to attend the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama walk together at the National Gallery of Canada at the start of the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a selfie with U.S. President Barack Obama at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau/Handout via Reuters 
U.S. President Barack Obama receives a standing ovation before addressing Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama walk in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) waves after addressing Parliament as Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (C) applaud in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama react after Obama's address to Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) hugs Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before leaving Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie 
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan (L) reacts as U.S. President Barack Obama points out his brother-in-law while addressing Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama walk together after a group photo at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama walk in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Speaker of the House Geoff Regan puts his hand on the shoulder of U.S. President Barack Obama at the conclusion of Obama's address to Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau clasp hands as they laugh with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie laugh with U.S. President Barack Obama after Obama addressed Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie laugh during closing remarks after U.S. President Barack Obama addressed Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 
Escorted by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands as he arrives to address Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledges a standing ovation as he addresses Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs U.S. President Barack Obama after he introduced Obama to address Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to addresses Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, applauds as U.S. President Barack Obama rises to address Parliament in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie watch as U.S. President Barack Obama signs a guest book upon his arrival at Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One after attending the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canada June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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"In a world where too many borders are a source of conflict, our two countries are joined by the largest border of peace on Earth," he told the assembled lawmakers and others, adding that a shared and enduring commitment to a set of liberal values was behind that bond.

"No matter who we are, where we come from, last names, what faith we practice, here we can make of our lives what we will," he said. Referring to pioneers and prospectors, immigrants and refugees, Obama then quoted a civil rights icon.

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"Deep in our history of struggle, said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Canada was the North Star, the Freedom Road that links us together."

And Canada loved it.

House members burst into applause repeatedly, and at this line — among others — there was a standing ovation: "Our relationship is so remarkable because it seems so unremarkable, which is why Americans are surprised when our favorite American actor or singer turns out to be Canadian."

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It was Obama's third round of public remarks Wednesday during a series of talks dubbed "The Three Amigos Summit" by Canadian media, and as he concluded, the building erupted in a chant unlikely to be heard south of the border:

"Four more years! Four more years!"

Obama shook his head, waved and sat down, a wide grin across his face.

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